Flint Cultural Center Corporation adds community leaders to Board of Directors


The Flint Cultural Center Corporation (FCCC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of five new board members as well as the slate of officers for the 2015/2016 fiscal year.

 Joining the Board of Directors are Dr. Robert McMahan, President of Kettering University; Kyle McCree, Director, Business Financing at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce; Michael K. Brown, Senior Consultant, Municipal & Organizational Services at Prima Civitas; the Honorable John Cherry, 62nd Lieutenant Governor of Michigan; and Matt Serra, Executive Manager of the Al Serra Auto Plaza.

In announcing the appointments, FCCC Board Chair Jeremy Piper said “The Cultural Center is one of the premier assets of our community and an integral part of the revitalization of Flint and beyond. We welcome our new Board members, their diverse talents and dedication to volunteerism”.

Dr. Robert McMahan
In August 2011, Dr. McMahan became the 7th President of Kettering University and also serves as a Professor of Physics at the University.  Prior to taking on the Presidency of Kettering University, Dr. McMahan was the Founding Dean of the Kimmel School and Professor of Engineering at Western Carolina University.  Dr. McMahan has also served as the Senior Advisor to the Governor of North Carolina for Science and Technology, and the Executive Director of the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology. In this role he also acted as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, the General Assembly, and the Economic Development Board

Kyle McCree
Mr. McCree, Director, Business Financing at the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce has extensive experience working with a broad group of community partners and stakeholders to create collaborations with the Chamber’s programs for businesses, entrepreneurs and young people.  Kyle has also worked as a Regional Field Director for the Democratic National Committee as a Senior Credit Analyst at The State Bank.  Mr. McCree received his BBS in Finance and Financial Management Services from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis, MN.

Michael K. Brown

Mr. Brown has an extensive career in providing executive leadership for non-profit and governmental organizations and is currently President of Prima Civitas, a Lansing based economic development organization.  He has also served as President and Director for the Flint Area Reinvestment Office, President of the United Way of Genesee and Lapeer Counties, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Genesee and Lapeer Counties, and Executive Vice President of Public Policy for the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

Brown holds a Master’s degree with a focus on international relations from the University of Stockholm International Graduate School for English-Speaking Students and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University.

Honorable John Cherry
Mr. Cherry was elected in 2002 as the running mate of Democrat Jennifer Gran­holm. As the lieutenant governor, John Cherry presided over the State Senate, casting votes there in the event of a tie.  As lieutenant governor, John Cherry was elected chairman of the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association (NLGA) in July 2006. John Cherry also chaired the Lt. Governor’s Commission on Higher Education & Economic Growth, with the commission making recommendations on higher education and the need to expand Michigan’s job base. The Cherry Commission report led to the Michigan Promise scholarship, the No Worker Left Behind program, and Michigan replacing the high school MEAP exam with the ACT. Michigan also increased standards in the K-12 curriculum and graduation requirements consistent with the Commission’s recommendations.

Matt Serra
Mr. Serra completed his undergraduate work at Miami of Ohio University and his MBA from Northwestern University in Illinois.  After graduating from Miami of Ohio University, Matt began his employment at Al Serra Auto Plaza as an employee-in-training to learn about every function of the business, including Sales, Service, Parts, Body Shop and Administration.  Matt now serves at the Executive Manager of the Al Serra Auto Plaza.

 The board of directors also elected the slate of officers for the upcoming fiscal year.  Jeremy Piper will serve as Chair, Kim Whitmore will serve as Vice-Chair, Dr Amy Fugate will serve as Secretary, and John MacDonald will serve as Treasurer.  Three members were reelected to a second three-year term.  Those members were Dr. Amy Fugate, John MacDonald and Dr. Thomas Henthorn.

 “We are very fortunate to have these individuals by our side.  I am reminded daily of the great passion that the FCCC board members have not only for this organization but also for this community.  Their commitment is inspiring,” states Jody Blackburn, Chief Operating Officer. “We are thrilled to be adding these talented new board members, all of whom bring that spirit of community to the table.  I know it is going to be a great year for the Flint Cultural Center Corporation.”
The mission of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation is to foster cultural activity and community vitality through history, science and the arts. FCCC’s vision is to position the Flint Cultural Center as the premier regional destination, educational resource, and entertainment venue for history, science and the arts.  FCCC owns, manages and maintains the 33-acre Cultural Center campus; coordinates campus-wide planning, marketing, and events; and governs the operations of the Alfred P. Sloan Museum, the Robert T. Longway Planetarium, and the James H. Whiting Auditorium (The Whiting). For more information, visit http://www.fcccorp.org.


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